Environmental Law Resources


Christine Ryan, Environmental Law Librarian, provides expertise in environmental resources. Every fall, she teaches Introduction to Legal Research, and in the summer, Advanced Environmental Legal Research. Christine also teaches individual research sessions for doctrinal classes and serves as Research Advisor to the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law. She selects all new environmental books and electronic resources for the library. She and her reference librarian colleagues are available to meet with students, faculty and staff about their information needs and to help enhance research skills.​


Located on the loft level of the library, the Environmental Collection, comprised of over 20,000 volumes, concentrates on materials related to environmental decision making, as well as the environmental curriculum and experiential programs at VLS. The Collection is diverse and has evolved to reflect the changing nature of the discipline; topics include planning and zoning, hazardous waste, biodiversity, sustainability, environmental justice, climate change, water law, energy law and policy, environmental economics, and more.

We welcome your title suggestions for the Collection.

In addition, the library provides access to thousands of  environmental ebooks, which are listed in our online catalog along with our physical books.


The Library subscribes to a number of online databases that focus on environmental law and support the study of and research in environmental law. They are freely available for use by the VLS community.​ See the list of subscription databases here


The VLS Environmental Law Research Sources is a collection of over 500 free environmental law websites, selected in consultation with VLS faculty and students. Topics include: Climate Change, Energy, Land Use, Endangered Species/Wildlife Biodiversity, Environmental Dispute Resolution, Water Law and Policy, Oceans/Marine Law, International Environmental Law, and more. Each website has a description of its information resources.


This Guide focuses on environmental law resources and also non-legal materials. It includes resources that will lead you to environmental news and updating services, case law, statutes, legislative history, administrative law, international and foreign environmental law, scientific sources, and specialized web sites. It includes traditional legal research resources such as books, articles, Westlaw, Lexis, and Bloomberg Law, as well as free websites.​